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An exciting, and what might have proved a fatal affair, occurred at the Te Awaite, Tory Channel whaling station on Sunday. It appears that during the day two large whales made their appearance inside the Heads, and were spouting and rolling about just opposite the try works, when they were noticed by some of the old settlers, who immediately launched Mr James Jackson's whaleboat — which was all m readiness for the season — and gave pursuit. They succeeded m making fast to one of the fish, and had almost killed it, but by some means or other the boat got a little too close, when the whale lashed out, the result being that the boat was stove m, and they had to cut the animal adrift and proceed ashore. Mr James Jackson was knocked clean out of the boat, but fortunately sustained no serious injury, but the boat is severely damaged. It was very unfortunate, as Mr Jackson's crew were away pig hunting, and the other boats were at Waikawa, or else the capture of the two whales would have been a certainty. There were only four men m the boat when the attack was made on the whale, hence the mishap.

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A WHALING INCIDENT., Marlborough Express, Volume XXXI, Issue 125, 20 May 1895

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A WHALING INCIDENT. Marlborough Express, Volume XXXI, Issue 125, 20 May 1895

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